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3 Reasons You Aren’t Seeing Workout Success

3 Reasons You Aren’t Seeing Workout Success

Frustrated with your current lack of progress in the gym? Feeling like you’ll never reach your goals – or that you just don’t have what it takes’?

For many people, success eludes them. It might seem like it doesn’t matter what they try, they just can’t stick to a workout or their body doesn’t respond. If you feel as though you’re on the verge of giving up, it might be time to reconsider your current workout plan. Often, there are a few small things going on that can completely prevent you from realizing success.

If you can recognize these signs and then take steps to change them, you can get back on track and finally achieve your end goal. Here are three reasons you may be failing.

1. You Don’t Want To Succeed

While this may seem like nonsense, it applies to more cases than most people would ever guess.

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Take a moment and really think about what your life will be like when you achieve the goal you want. Does any part of that picture scare you? Are you worried about any changes that may occur?

In some cases, there is something that is subconsciously going on in your mind that is preventing you from putting forth the effort to realize the success you should be seeing.

For instance, if you’re in a relationship, you could be worried what your partner may think of your new body. While common sense would have you believe they’d love a new fitter and leaner you, in some relationships, this isn’t the case. If any part of your believes your partner may not support the new you, that could be what’s preventing you from sticking with your programs.

Look deep and see if there is anything going on that you may need to address.

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2. You’re Not Organized

Next, another reason you may not see the results that you want is simply because you aren’t organized. Being organized, when it comes to fat loss and sticking with a workout, is half the battle.

Start planning out your workouts and scheduling them in just like you would a doctors appointment.

Likewise, on Sunday evening, sit down and plan out your meals for the week ahead. This way there is no question as to what you should be eating. When you plan ahead, all you need to do is execute and wait for success.

3. You Don’t Enjoy Your Program

The next reason you could be failing to see the success you desire is because you simply don’t enjoy the program you’re doing.

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When was the last time you finished a workout and felt absolutely thrilled – like you were on top of the world?

Do you get excited about the meals that you have planned to eat during the day?
If the answer to these questions isn’t 100 percent positive, then changes need to be made. If you don’t enjoy your approach you will never stick with it and even if you do manage to do the things you should, chances are good that you will not be giving a full effort, thus not seeing optimal results.

Start looking for a plan that you do look forward to. Fitness comes in many sizes, so don’t ever think you have to do something you hate.

Take a hard look at your approach. Do you see yourself in any of these? Do you see where you might be able to make a few changes so that you can experience progress better then before?

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Remember, if you stick with the same thing you’ve been doing, you will get the same results. Aren’t you ready for a change?

Featured photo credit: CrossfitPaleoDietFitnessClasses via flickr.com

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Last Updated on March 13, 2019

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

1. Work on the small tasks.

When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

2. Take a break from your work desk.

Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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3. Upgrade yourself

Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

4. Talk to a friend.

Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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6. Paint a vision to work towards.

If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

7. Read a book (or blog).

The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

8. Have a quick nap.

If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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9. Remember why you are doing this.

Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

10. Find some competition.

Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

11. Go exercise.

Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

12. Take a good break.

Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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